JP5725707B2 - Information processing apparatus, information processing apparatus control method, and program - Google Patents

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JP5725707B2
JP5725707B2 JP2009288826A JP2009288826A JP5725707B2 JP 5725707 B2 JP5725707 B2 JP 5725707B2 JP 2009288826 A JP2009288826 A JP 2009288826A JP 2009288826 A JP2009288826 A JP 2009288826A JP 5725707 B2 JP5725707 B2 JP 5725707B2
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Description

  The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a device via a network, a control method for the information processing apparatus, and a program.

  A device such as a multifunction peripheral provides various functions such as printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. In order for the user to use these functions, it is necessary to make necessary settings for each function in advance on the device. For example, in order to use the function of attaching image data obtained by scanning on a device as an attached file to an e-mail and transmitting it to an apparatus on a network, it is necessary to set a mail server in the device in advance is there.

  In order to simplify these setting processes, the device has a web server function, generates a web page for performing various settings, and operates the web browser included in the PC on the network to perform the various setting processes of the device There is a technology that made it possible. (For example, see Patent Document 1)

JP 2002-7095

  According to the above prior art, it is convenient because the user can operate the user's own PC to perform the initial setting necessary for the device. However, since the web page is usually uniquely identified by the URL, the user has to know the URL of the web page in order to display the desired web page on the web browser. Alternatively, after displaying a specific web page (for example, the top page), in order to reach the desired web page, the user has to search through a number of links. Furthermore, if there is a user who does not know what initial settings need to be made for the function he / she wants to use, he / she has not been able to reach the setting web page.

  As described above, the conventional technology described above is not always easy to use for users who are not familiar with the necessary settings for the functions provided by the device or who are not familiar with the operation of the web browser.

  The present invention has been made for such a problem, and an object thereof is to allow easy access to a web page for setting a function desired by a user among web pages provided by a device.

In order to achieve the above object, an information processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a search unit that searches for a device having a specific function, a display unit that displays information indicating a device searched by the search unit, and the display unit. Generating means for generating a URL indicating a web page to be accessed in order to make a setting for enabling a specific function of the device among web pages provided by the device displayed by the device, and the display Notification means for notifying the web browser included in the information processing apparatus of the URL generated by the generation means in response to the user selecting the device displayed on the means, the web browser , In order to make the specific function usable in response to the notification of the URL by the notification means. Displaying a web page to be accessed in order to perform a constant.

  According to the present invention, it is possible to easily access a web page for setting a function desired by a user among web pages provided by a device.

It is a figure which shows the network system structure of a present Example. It is a figure which shows the hardware constitutions of the client PC of a present Example. It is a figure which shows the software block diagram of the client PC of a present Example. It is a processing flow of the application of the client PC of the present embodiment. It is an example of the display screen of Example 1. It is an example of the display screen of Example 2. It is an example of the display screen of Example 3. It is an example of the display screen of Example 4.

  The best mode for carrying out the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings.

<Example 1>
FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of a network system according to the present embodiment. The network system shown in FIG. 1 includes client PCs 10 and 20 as information processing apparatuses and network devices 30, 40 and 50. Each client PC and each network device can communicate with each other via the network 60. The client PCs 10 and 20 are information processing apparatuses such as personal computers and mobile phones. The network devices 30, 40, and 50 are printers, scanners, copiers, multifunction devices, etc. having a web server function for generating web pages and providing them to a web browser, such as AV devices such as televisions and videos, routers, etc. It may be a device. The network 60 may be a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), or a wireless network.

  In the present embodiment, it is assumed that the product names of the network device 30 and the network device 40 are “AAA”, and the product name of the network device 50 is “BBB”. The product name is a name given by the manufacturer for each model and cannot be changed by the user. On the other hand, “network device 30”, “network device 40”, and “network device 50” are device names that can be arbitrarily set by the user.

  In this embodiment, it is assumed that all the network devices 30, 40, 50 have an e-mail transmission function. The e-mail transmission function is a function for attaching data held by a network device to an e-mail and transmitting it to the network. Data transmitted as an attachment to an e-mail is image data generated by a scanner included in the network device, image data stored in advance in a storage unit included in the network device, and various data.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of the client PCs 10 and 20 (hereinafter collectively referred to as client PCs) according to the present embodiment. The client PC includes a CPU 201 that executes a program stored in a ROM 202 or a hard disk (HD) 211, or supplied from a floppy (registered trademark) disk drive (FD) 212, a CD-ROM (not shown), or a DVD-ROM. .

  A RAM 203 functions as a main memory, work area, and the like for the CPU 201. A keyboard controller (KBC) 205 controls an instruction input from a keyboard (KB) 209 or a pointing device (not shown). Reference numeral 206 denotes a CRT controller (CRTC), which controls display on a CRT display (CRT) 210 as a display device. A disk controller (DKC) 207 controls access to a hard disk (HD) 211 and FD 212 storing a boot program, various applications, predetermined files, and the like, a CD-ROM (not shown), and a DVD-ROM. Reference numeral 208 denotes a network interface card (NIC) that exchanges data bidirectionally with a network device via the network 60.

  FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating a software configuration stored in a storage unit (ROM 202 or hard disk 211) included in the client PC according to the present embodiment. The client PC according to the present embodiment includes a web browser 101 having a function of accessing a web server, acquiring a web page, and displaying the web page on a display device (CRT display 210). Furthermore, it has the application 102. The application 102 includes a URL generation unit 1021, a UI control unit (display control unit) 1022, a device information acquisition unit 1023, and a display condition 1024, and executes processing to be described later. In the present embodiment, the application 102 is an application for allowing the user to make settings for the e-mail transmission function among the functions of the network device. The application 102 is stored in a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, floppy (registered trademark) disk, or the like, supplied to the client PC, and executed after being installed in the client PC by the DKC 107. Alternatively, it may be acquired from an external device via a network.

  Processing executed by the application 102 included in the client PC according to this embodiment will be described with reference to FIG. Each step in FIG. 4 is processed by the CPU 201 executing the program of the application 102 stored in the client PC.

  When the application 102 is activated in the client PC, first, in step S401, the CPU 201 displays an initial screen of the application 102 on the display unit (CRT display 210). On the displayed initial screen, a display indicating that this application is an application for making settings for enabling the use of the e-mail transmission function, a precaution for use, and the like are displayed. Also, the network device search process can be started by the user selecting a specific button on the initial screen. When this specific button is selected by the user, the process proceeds to step S402. In step S402, the CPU 201 receives a network device search processing start instruction. In step S403, search processing is executed. Specifically, the client PC transmits a search request packet for requesting a device information response to a network device connected to the network 60 based on a predetermined protocol. The search request packet may be transmitted by broadcast or multicast, or when the IP address of the desired network device (identification information in the network) is known, it may be transmitted by unicast specifying the IP address. . The network device that has received the search request packet responds with its own device information to the client PC. The device information transmitted at this time includes a device name, a product name, an IP address, and installation location information. In this embodiment, the device name “network device 30”, the product name “AAA”, and the like are transmitted from the network device 30. Further, the device name “network device 40”, the product name “AAA”, and the like are transmitted from the network device 40, and the device name “network device 50”, the product name “BBB”, and the like are transmitted from the network device 50. . Note that the transmitted device information may include other information such as information indicating a function included in the network device and status information.

  In step S404, the device information acquisition unit 1023 receives device information transmitted from the network device as a response to the search request packet. In step S405, the CPU 201 compares the received device information with the display condition 1024, and specifies a device to be displayed to be displayed as a search result. In this embodiment, each product has a setting web page for enabling the use of the e-mail transmission function (hereinafter referred to as a setting web page for the e-mail transmission function). Suppose you have something. The product with the product name “AAA” has a web page for setting the e-mail transmission function, and the product with the product name “BBB” has no web page for setting the e-mail transmission function. To do. The display condition 1024 holds this information. That is, the product name (product name “AAA”) of the product including the web page for setting the e-mail transmission function is held. In S405, the product name included in the received device information is compared with the product name held in the display condition 1024, and only the matching network device is specified as a device to be displayed. That is, only a network device having a web page for setting the e-mail transmission function is specified as a device to be displayed. In the case of the present embodiment, the network device 30 and the network device 40 are specified as display target devices.

  In step S406, the UI control unit 1022 displays a screen for displaying a list of the network devices specified in S405 on the display unit. FIG. 5 shows an example of a list display screen displayed at this time. In the example of FIG. 5, a list of device names and IP addresses of the network device 30 and the network device 40 is displayed in 501. Further, a re-search button 502 is displayed, and when this button is pressed, it is possible to return to step S403 and search for a network device again (step S407).

In step S <b> 408, the CPU 201 specifies one network device selected by the user in response to the user selecting an arbitrary network device from the list display screen and then pressing the “display setting page” button 503. . In step S409, the URL generation unit 1021 generates a URL for accessing the “web page for setting the e-mail transmission function” included in the network device based on the IP address of the network device specified in step S408. Specifically, the URL generation unit 1021 adds predetermined path information “email_setting” to the IP address of the specified network device. As a result, http: // <IP address> / email_setting. A URL html is generated. The generated URL is notified to the web browser 101 and the web browser is requested to access the URL. In this example, the rule for creating the URL is to add predetermined path information, but it may be a method of adding a predetermined port number or any other method. .
When the above processing is performed, the processing of the application 102 ends.

  Thereafter, the web browser 101 of the client PC accesses the URL notified in step S410, acquires the corresponding web page from the network device, and displays it on the display unit. That is, a web page for setting the e-mail transmission function is displayed on the client PC. The web page for setting the e-mail transmission function includes, for example, an input field for a mail server such as an SMTP server, a setting input field for SMTP authentication, and an address book edit field for a destination e-mail address. The user operates the web browser of the client PC, and can make desired settings from the web page for setting the e-mail transmission function.

  As described above, in this embodiment, simply by starting the application 102 and selecting a desired device from the searched devices, a web page for setting to be performed on the device is automatically displayed. Therefore, when setting the e-mail transmission function provided in the network device, the user does not need to know the URL of the setting web page in advance. In addition, after displaying the top page (or any page) of the web page provided by the network device using the web browser, it is not necessary to follow the link to find the web page for setting the e-mail transmission function.

<Example 2>
In the first embodiment, the web page for setting the e-mail transmission function is taken as an example, and the case where the network device has a web page for setting a certain function has been described. In the second embodiment, a case will be described as an example where the network device has separate setting web pages for a plurality of functions. In the following description, differences from the first embodiment will be described.

  In the second embodiment, it is assumed that the network device 30 in the network system of FIG. 1 has a device name “network device 30” and a product name “XXX”. The product having the product name XXX includes a web page for setting a copy function, a web page for setting an e-mail transmission function, and a web page for setting a FAX function. Further, it is assumed that the network device 40 in the network system of FIG. 1 has a device name “network device 40” and a product name “YYY”. The product with the product name YYY includes a web page for setting a copy function and a web page for setting an e-mail transmission function, and does not include a web page for setting a FAX function. Further, it is assumed that the network device 50 in the network system of FIG. 1 has a device name “network device 50” and a product name “ZZZ”. The product having the product name ZZZ has a web page for setting the copy function, and does not have a web page for setting the e-mail transmission function and a web page for setting the FAX function.

  Also in the second embodiment, the application 102 included in the client PC performs processing according to the flowchart illustrated in FIG. 4 of the first embodiment. However, in the second embodiment, the list display screen displayed in step S406 is the screen shown in FIG. That is, a “COPY” button 601, an “Email” button 602, and a “FAX” button 603 (function buttons) are displayed. Then, in response to the user selecting these buttons, the network device displayed in the list display area 604 is switched to only a device having a setting web page corresponding to the function of the selected button.

  That is, in the second embodiment, every time the buttons (function buttons) 601 to 603 are pressed, the process of step S405 in FIG. 4 is performed. For example, when the COPY button 601 is pressed, the CPU 201 refers to the display condition 1024 and identifies that the product including the web page for setting the copy function is XXX, YYY, or ZZZ. Then, the network device to be displayed is specified by comparing with the product name included in the device information acquired from each network device. The example of FIG. 6 is an example of a screen displayed when the Email button 602 is pressed by the user. In this screen, only the network device 30 and the network device 40 corresponding to the products XXX and YYY having a web page for setting the e-mail transmission function are listed.

  When the user selects any network device and presses a “display setting page” button 605, the URL generation unit 1021 generates a URL. In the second embodiment, different URLs are generated according to the function selected by the function button. For example, when the COPY button 601 is selected, predetermined path information “copy_setting” is added to the IP address, and http: // <IP address> / copy_setting. A URL html is generated. If the Email button 602 is selected, the predetermined path information “email_setting” is added to the IP address, and http: // <IP address> / email_setting. A URL html is generated. Further, when the FAX button 603 is selected, predetermined path information “fax_setting” is added to the IP address, and http: // <IP address> / fax_setting. A URL html is generated.

  In this way, when a network device has a separate web page for each of multiple functions, a device that does not have a web page for settings will not be selected by mistake. List each function. Also, even if the same network device has a setting web page with a different URL for each function, the URL is automatically generated so as to correspond to the web page, so that the user can easily browse the desired web page .

  In the above example, the function buttons 601 to 603 are provided in the search result list screen in order to cope with the case where the network device has web pages for different settings for a plurality of functions. Each time a function button is selected, the network device displayed in the list display changes accordingly. However, other methods are possible.

  FIG. 7A is a display example of a method different from that in FIG. 6 for dealing with a case where the network device has web pages for different settings for each of a plurality of functions. In the example of FIG. 7, setting page specifying buttons 701 to 703 are provided on the screen displayed in S <b> 406 instead of providing the function buttons 601 to 603. In the list display area 704, all the network devices 30 to 50 are displayed. When the user selects any network device and selects any one of the setting page specifying buttons 701 to 703 on that, the CPU 201 determines whether the selected device includes the selected setting web page. to decide. If it is determined that the URL is provided, the URL generation unit 1021 generates a URL. The generation method at this time is as described above. On the other hand, if it is determined that it is not provided, the screen of FIG. 7B is displayed. In the screen of FIG. 7B, the screen is displayed to inform the user that the selected network device does not include the selected setting web page. The example of FIG. 7 is an example when the user selects the network device 40 and presses the “display FAX setting page” button 703 on the screen of FIG. As described above, since the network device 40 does not include a web page for setting the FAX function, the network device 40 notifies the user to that effect by displaying the screen of FIG. The determination in this case is also performed by comparing the product information held in the display condition 1024 with the product name in the device information received from each network device.

<Example 3>
In any of the above-described embodiments, the configuration has been described in which the network device includes a web page for setting for enabling a certain function and the client PC can easily access the web page. In this embodiment, in addition to the first and second embodiments, an example will be described in which the network device includes an error information web page indicating a countermeasure for an error. In the following description, differences from the first and second embodiments will be described.

  In the present embodiment, as in the first embodiment, the network device 30 and the network device 40 have a product name “AAA”, and the network device 50 has a product name “BBB”. The device names are “network device 30”, “network device 40”, and “network device 50”, respectively. The product having the product name AAA is a product having an error information web page, and the product having the product name BBB is a product having no error information web page.

  In this embodiment, the client PC searches for a device according to the flowchart of FIG. In the present embodiment, the device information received in S404 includes error information indicating that an error has currently occurred in the network device. The error information includes whether or not an error has occurred and an error code that is information for identifying the error that has occurred.

  When the CPU 201 of the client PC receives the device information including the error information, the CPU 201 of the client PC identifies a device in which an error has occurred and a device including the error information web page from the devices responding to the search. The identified device is set as a display target device. Whether or not the network device includes an error information web page is determined using the product name information held in the display condition 1024. In this embodiment, the display condition 1024 holds the product name of a product having an error information web page.

  In this embodiment, when no error has occurred in the network device 30 and an error has occurred in the network devices 40 and 50, only the network device 40 is specified as a display target device in S405. Become. This is because the network device 30 has no error and the network device 50 has an error but does not have an error information web page.

  FIG. 8A shows an example of a screen displayed on the client PC by the processing of the application 102 in this embodiment. As described above, in the list display area 801, a network device in which an error has occurred and a web page for error information is provided is displayed. When the user selects a network device from these and presses the “confirm response method” button 802, the screen in FIG. 8B is displayed. On the screen of FIG. 8 (2), the content of the error (error code and classification) currently occurring in the network device selected in FIG. 8 (1) is displayed. After confirming this display, the user can select an error for which to refer to a countermeasure for the error. When any error is selected on the screen of FIG. 8B and the OK button is pressed, the URL generation unit 1021 generates a URL for accessing the web page for the error information of the corresponding error. If only one error has occurred, the display of FIG. 8B may be omitted, and URL generation may be started in response to the button 802 being pressed.

  The URL generation unit 1021 adds the predetermined path information “error” to the IP address of the specified network device, thereby adding http: // <IP address> / error. A URL html is generated. The generated URL is notified to the web browser 101 and the web browser is requested to access the URL. When the error information web page is changed for each error code, the path information “error / <error code>” is added, for example, http: // <IP address> / error / 301. . A URL “html” may be generated.

  Upon receiving this URL notification, the web browser 101 accesses this URL to acquire and display a web page for error information from the network device. Thus, when an error occurs in the network device, the user can check the content of the error and a countermeasure for the error using the web browser of the client PC. Then, it is not necessary to know the URL of the web page for that purpose in advance, or to search for the page by following the link.

  In addition, the said Examples 1-3 can be combined arbitrarily, respectively. Further, various modifications are possible without being limited to the above-described embodiments. For example, in the above embodiment, whether each network device has a specific web page is determined based on the product name. That is, the display condition 1024 of the application 102 holds the product name of the product having a specific web page in advance, and the determination is made based on the information. However, information indicating whether or not a specific web page is provided may be included in the device information acquired from the device as a response to the search. Alternatively, only a network device having a specific web page may respond as a search condition when performing a search.

  In the above embodiment, the application 102 itself is provided as software that does not have a web browser function. However, the application 102 may have a web browser function. That is, the application 102 may acquire a web page using the URL generated by the URL generation unit 1021. Then, the application 102 may analyze the acquired web page (for example, an HTML file) and display it on a display unit included in the client PC. By doing so, even in a client PC that does not include the web browser 101, it is possible to achieve the same function as in the above embodiment.

  In addition, in the search result display screens of FIGS. 5 to 8, the incompatible network device is not displayed, but a display method such as making the display non-selectable or making it grayed out may be used. Good. In that case, the user can notice the presence of the network device.

  Furthermore, on the search result display screens of FIGS. 5 to 8, network devices for which specific functions have already been set may be excluded from display targets. By doing so, it is possible to prevent the user from accidentally selecting a network device that has already been set. In particular, when there are a plurality of network devices in which the same device name is registered, the user can easily select a desired network device (specific function setting is not set).

  In the above embodiment, the e-mail transmission function, copy function, and fax function are given as examples of functions corresponding to the setting web page. However, other functions can be similarly applied. Needless to say. For example, an FTP transmission function, an SMB transmission function, an IFAX transmission function, a print function, a scan function, and the like.

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The present invention can also be realized by executing the following processing. That is, software (program) that realizes the functions of the above-described embodiments is supplied to a system or apparatus via a network or various storage media, and a computer (or CPU, MPU, or the like) of the system or apparatus reads the program. It is a process to be executed.

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  1. An information processing apparatus,
    A search means for searching for a device having a specific function;
    Display means for displaying information indicating a device searched by the search means;
    Generating means for generating a URL indicating the web page to be accessed in order to perform the settings for the ready use certain functions of the device of the webpage devices displayed by the display means is provided When,
    Notification means for notifying the web browser included in the information processing apparatus of the URL generated by the generation means in response to the user selecting the device displayed on the display means ;
    The web browser, in response to the previous Symbol URL depending on the notification means has been notified, to display the web page to be accessed in order to carry out the settings to the possible use certain features state, An information processing apparatus characterized by that.
  2.   The search means acquires device information from each of a plurality of devices connected to the network, and specifies a device having the specific function from the plurality of devices based on the acquired device information. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1.
  3. The device information includes a product name,
    The information processing apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the search unit specifies a device having the specific function from the plurality of devices based on the product name.
  4.   4. The information processing according to claim 1, wherein the generation unit generates a URL by adding predetermined information to an IP address of a selected device. 5. apparatus.
  5.   The generating means accesses to make the specific function usable among the web pages provided by the selected device in response to the user selecting the device displayed by the display means. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a URL indicating a web page to be generated is generated.
  6. The generation unit is configured to select a specific function selected from a web page provided by the selected device in response to a user selecting a device displayed by the display unit and a specific function selected by the user. 5. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a URL indicating a web page to be accessed in order to make the information usable is generated.
  7.   The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the specific function is a function for transmitting data via a network.
  8.   The information processing apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the function for transmitting data via the network is a function for transmitting electronic mail via the network.
  9. The information processing apparatus according to claim 8, wherein the display unit displays an input field for inputting information indicating a mail server for transmitting an e-mail.
  10. The display means displays a device in which an error has occurred,
    The generation unit relates to an error occurring in the device among web pages provided by the selected device in response to the user selecting the device in which the error displayed by the display unit has occurred. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a URL indicating a web page for displaying information is generated.
  11.   The information processing according to any one of claims 1 to 10, wherein the web browser acquires a web page corresponding to the URL notified by the notification unit, and displays the acquired web page. apparatus.
  12. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus,
    A search step for searching for a device having a specific function;
    A device display step for displaying information indicating the device searched in the search step;
    Generating for generating a URL indicating the web page to be accessed in order to perform the settings for the ready use certain functions of the device of the webpage devices displayed in the device display step is provided Steps,
    A notification step of notifying the web browser provided in the information processing apparatus of the URL generated by the generation step in response to the user selecting the device displayed in the device display step ;
    In response to the notification before Symbol URL in step is notified, the web page display step of the web browser displays the web page to be accessed in order to perform the settings to a usable state the specific function When,
    A control method characterized by comprising:
  13.   In the search step, device information is acquired from each of a plurality of devices connected to the network, and a device having the specific function is specified from the plurality of devices based on the acquired device information. The control method according to claim 12.
  14. The device information includes a product name,
    14. The control method according to claim 13, wherein in the search step, a device having the specific function is specified from the plurality of devices based on the product name.
  15.   The control method according to any one of claims 12 to 14, wherein, in the generation step, a URL is generated by adding predetermined information to an IP address of a selected device. .
  16.   In the generation step, in response to the user selecting the device displayed in the device display step, an access is made to enable the specific function among the web pages provided by the selected device. The control method according to any one of claims 12 to 15, wherein a URL indicating a web page to be generated is generated.
  17. In the generating step, the device displayed in the device display step is selected by the user and a specific function selected by the user is selected from the web pages provided by the selected device. The control method according to any one of claims 12 to 15, wherein a URL indicating a web page to be accessed to make the function usable is generated.
  18.   The control method according to claim 12, wherein the specific function is a function for transmitting data via a network.
  19.   19. The control method according to claim 18, wherein the function for transmitting data via the network is a function for transmitting electronic mail via the network.
  20.   20. The control method according to claim 19, wherein, in the device display step, an input field for inputting information indicating a mail server for transmitting an electronic mail is displayed.
  21. In the device display step, a device in which an error has occurred is displayed,
    In the generating step, an error occurring in the device among the web pages provided by the selected device in response to the user selecting the device in which the error displayed in the device displaying step has occurred. The control method according to any one of claims 12 to 20, wherein a URL indicating a web page for displaying information on the information is generated.
  22.   The control method according to any one of claims 12 to 21, wherein the web browser acquires a web page corresponding to the URL notified in the notification step, and displays the acquired web page. .
  23. Computer
    A search means for searching for a device having a specific function;
    Display means for displaying information indicating the device searched by the search means;
    Generating means for generating a URL indicating the web page to be accessed in order to perform the settings for the ready use certain functions of the device of the webpage devices displayed by the display means is provided When,
    An application program that functions as notifying means for notifying a web browser of the URL generated by the generating means in response to a user selecting the device displayed on the display means. .
  24.   The search means is means for acquiring device information from each of a plurality of devices connected to a network and specifying a device having the specific function from the plurality of devices based on the acquired device information. The application program according to claim 23, wherein the application program is made to function.
  25. The device information includes a product name,
    25. The application program according to claim 24, wherein the search unit specifies a device having the specific function from the plurality of devices based on the product name.
  26.   26. The generation unit according to claim 23, wherein the generation unit functions as a unit that generates a URL by adding predetermined information to an IP address of a selected device. Application program described in.
  27.   The generation means is accessed to make the specific function available in the web page provided by the selected device in response to the user selecting the device displayed by the display means. 27. The application program according to claim 23, wherein the application program functions as means for generating a URL indicating a web page to be processed.
  28. The generation unit is configured to select a specific function selected from a web page provided by the selected device in response to a user selecting a device displayed by the display unit and a specific function selected by the user. 27. The application program according to any one of claims 23 to 26, wherein the application program functions as means for generating a URL indicating a web page to be accessed in order to make the URL usable.
  29.   The application program according to any one of claims 23 to 28, wherein the specific function is a function for transmitting data via a network.
  30.   30. The application program according to claim 29, wherein the function for transmitting data via the network is a function for transmitting electronic mail via the network.
  31.   31. The application program according to claim 30, wherein the display means functions as means for displaying an input field for inputting information indicating a mail server for transmitting an e-mail.
  32.   The display means functions as a means for displaying a device in which an error has occurred, and the generation means is operated in response to a user selecting a device in which an error displayed by the display means has occurred. 32. The device according to claim 23, wherein the device functions as means for generating a URL indicating a web page for displaying information relating to an error occurring in the device among the web pages provided by the selected device. The application program according to any one of the above.
  33.   A recording medium on which the program according to any one of claims 23 to 32 is recorded.
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